Barack Obama said this Tuesday after meeting with Democratic senators urging them to pass health care reform legislation as crafted by Democrats:
“From the discussions we had, it’s clear we are on the precipice of achievement that’s eluded Congresses, presidents for generations — an achievement that will touch the lives of nearly every American,” Obama said.
Really? That’s a stunning admission by the president. It’s good to see that he’s being honest, though.
The definition of precipice, according to Websters New World Dictionary, Fourth Edition, the official dictionary of The Associated Press, is
1. A vertical, almost vertical, or overhanging rock face; steep cliff.
2. A greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster.
Perhaps the Teleprompter of the United States meant to say that we are nearing the summit of an achievement that’s eluded Congresses and presidents “for generations” (what? since 1994 when Hillarycare failed?). Maybe he just got his mountain climbing metaphors mixed up. The man’s probably still mentally exhausted from his 4,000-word speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Americans for himself.
But the fact remains that he said that the health care bill whose passage he was urging would leave us in “a greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster.”
He’s absolutely right.
For once, I can say I agree 100 percent with Barack Obama.